8501.0 - Retail Trade, Australia, May 2016  
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MEDIA RELEASE
5 July 2016
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time)
78/2016
Retail turnover rises 0.2 per cent in May

Australian retail turnover rose 0.2 per cent in May 2016, seasonally adjusted, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Retail Trade figures.

This follows a rise of 0.1 per cent in April 2016.

In seasonally adjusted terms, there were rises in food retailing (0.7 per cent), other retailing (1.4 per cent) and cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.3 per cent). Department stores (0.0 per cent) was relatively unchanged. There were falls in household goods retailing (-1.1 per cent) and clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (-1.2 per cent) in May 2016.

In seasonally adjusted terms there were rises in New South Wales (0.7 per cent), Victoria (0.6 per cent) and South Australia (0.3 per cent). Tasmania (0.0 per cent) was relatively unchanged. There were falls in Western Australia (-0.7 per cent), Queensland (-0.4 per cent), the Northern Territory (-0.6 per cent) and the Australian Capital Territory (-0.3 per cent) in May 2016.

The trend estimate for Australian retail turnover rose 0.2 per cent in May 2016 following a 0.2 per cent rise in April 2016. Compared to May 2015, the trend estimate rose 3.3 per cent.

Online retail turnover contributed 3.2 per cent to total retail turnover in original terms.

More detailed industry analysis and further information on the statistical methodology is available in Retail Trade, Australia (cat no. 8501.0).

Media note:

  • Please ensure when reporting on ABS data that you attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.
  • For a detailed definition of each industry group and subgroup in terms of its ANZSIC 2006 classes, please refer to paragraph 6 of the Explanatory Notes.
  • Estimates of online retail turnover are only available in original terms and are not available in seasonally adjusted or trend terms.
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